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Rory Miller's Facing Violence: Preparing for the Unexpected includes seven elements that must be addressed to bring self-defense training to something approaching complete. These elements are: legal and ethical implications, violence dynamics, avoidance, counter-ambush, breaking the freeze, the fight itself, and the aftermath. Training that dismisses any of these areas leaves you vulnerable.

©2011 Rory Miller (P)2017 Tantor

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Very informative

This book educates the reader in an area seldom examined. “Why using violence is rarely the best choice to deter violence.” Instead of spending valuable time and money learning how to inflict injury on another human being, the only guaranteed life saving method is to learn how to avoid violent people and dangerous situations.

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This book fills in the pieces that are missing.

one of the best martial arts books ive ever read. The author covers a considerable amount of ground very concisely. i was very impressed and impacted.

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Excellent! Thought-provoking and insightful

It is a perfect beginning for getting ready to face violence, which as you learn in the book is much much more than training in martial arts. Both content and the narrator are excellent. The whole is written and read in a matter-of-fact no-nonsense manner, with clear-cut insightful observations. I highly recommend it

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This is a good book, written by a professional. I recommend this book! Listen at least twice.

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insightful, Useful, and Pertinent

If your head is not buried in the sand, laptop or smartphone, and you've felt that old brain pushing you to be wary - you noticed, and you did nothing; this book is for you. You cannot afford to not be ready - Everything will not be okay if you dont make it that way. Great collection of skills and advice.

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  • camilo
  • new york, NY, United States
  • 04-19-18

excellent book

Excellent great, break down on violence and how to prepare for that. recommended for anyone alive

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Extremely important info

Miller’s book provides a great overview on the types of violence and includes important distinctions that other authors tend to overlook.

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Good information

I like the no nonsense approach to dealing with violence (before, during and after.)

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A modern "Art of War" for everyday an average Joe

Should be read if one has accepted your responsibility for selfdefense. Very well written book.

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Excellent book

This book provides much gold in the sense of knowledge attained the hard way. You would do well to read and or listen to this book if you serve in a public safety capacity or a person who trains in self defense.

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  • James C Thompson
  • 02-20-18

Another cold clear dose of reality from Sgt Miller

As a former practitioner of a martial art it's nice to have some of your assumptions confirmed by someone who's been there and returned.

However, Rory Miller goes beyond the fighting to show just what a small part physical skills play when thinking about your personal safety and the predators you may come in contact with.

A great read and sage advice and as ever he raises lots more questions to ponder on.

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  • Sonay
  • 05-11-18

Awesome

Fantastic book ,Rory Miller shares his experience based knowledge to provide an insight into avoiding violence, dealing with violence and the physical and psychological affects of violence . Highly recommended

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  • Mark W
  • 02-28-18

Good book

I enjoyed the book, skip the first chapter it’s American legal stuff, but after that there is at least 7 hours of decent material that gets progressively better